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CHI : The Power to Confuse

Chi Qi Ki
This is the article that was published last month in the UK magazine 'Martial Arts Illustrated'. I said I'd post here later for those outside GB, to read it.

  気 : The Power to Confuse.
By Andy Moorhouse

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Meditation

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Is your meditation functional??

Meditation is great, right?

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The Sausage and the Frying Pan

Experience, and the importance of letting go

Every day we experience things. Some of these experiences are positive, some are negative – but all can go into defining who we are as a person.

Holding onto experiences, whether positive or negative, however, can have a negative effect on you.

How many times, when a child doesn’t get their own way, do they sit and sulk on the matter? Often at the expense of experiencing other things that are going on around them while they are stuck in their own mud-of-the-mind?

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3 Things You May Not Know About Real Fighting

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Real combat situations never go the way you train in the gym/dojo. Here are three things to watch out for if you find yourself in a real situation.

1. In a real fight you lose power.

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What is Kiai?

It is a word that can be heard in traditional Japanese martial arts classes around the world. This article looks at why martial artists shout it, what it actually means and why it is more complex than a simple shout.

The word Kiai is comprised of the two Japanese Kanji - Ki (気) and Ai (合). Let's take a look at their meanings...

Kiai

 

Ki - is a symbol of spirit, mind, energy, force

 

Ai - is a contraction of the verb 'awasu' which literally means 'to unite'.

 

Evidently the word Kiai means 'Spirit United'.

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New Zealand Bujutsu Culture

New Zealand sports culture has a strong identity of its own, this mostly around rugby and the status that the All Blacks are holding. There are however several other sports available to partake in. The popular sports like rugby, cricket, athletics and soccer among many have a long proud history in New Zealand culture and what it means to grow up in New Zealand. As sports have grown and become solidified in New Zealand, so has the ever growing martial arts cultural identity in New Zealand. This is still in a newer phase of development in New Zealand, but is rapidly catching up to its counter parts across the world.

As a budding trainee, student, black belt, instructor and also counsellor, I had found extraordinary learning in this path about myself, others and what it meant to also reciprocate the teachings that I had been given and continue to learn. I will briefly explore the martial art which originates in New Zealand and then explore the history of some to the other martial arts which can now be found in New Zealand. I will then write about the how in my training and more recently there has seemed be a shift from the traditional to the less traditional.

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Marks on the mats

When we walk into our dojo, we find that we have blue and red coloured mats. The blue square in the middle is where most of the activity happens, and when the door is opened and the sun shines through, you can see the mats have been marked. I saw this and it made me remember all the others who had before me trained on those mats and like me found it to be an extraordinary journey.

When we walk into our dojo, we find that we have blue and red coloured mats. The blue square in the middle is where most of the activity happens, and when the door is opened and the sun shines through, you can see the mats have been marked. I saw this and it made me remember all the others who had before me trained on those mats and like me found it to be an extraordinary journey.

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Choreography versus Freestyle Martial Arts

Terry Shea on Choreography versus Freestyle

Just recently, I was party to a conversation regarding the various merits of the different styles of Martial Arts. The man who was speaking had been studying grappling for possibly 2 years.

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Election of a Grand Master

This article gives a personal opinion of what it takes to be a martial arts Grandmaster in today's modern society.

I am currently engulfed by the Politics of who will be the next Grand Master. You will ask "What style"? In this case it doesn't matter. What matters is what kind of leadership we want in our style, whatever it is. Do we want a person who is a fighter only, good at all techniques, but a lousy leader? Do we want a person who, though very talented, will give rank away to the highest bidder? Do we want a good administrator but not so good artist? Do we want one who shuns all other arts as being inferior or "not worth it"?

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Emptying Your Cup

We hear the saying all the time, especially in the realm of martial arts. "Empty your cup", but what does it really mean? How can I empty my cup? Does this mean I have to forget everything I've learned and start over? What will happen to all the knowledge I have worked so hard t gain already? Why should I have to empty my cup? Lets look at what emptying your cup really mean.

If a cup is full, and you continue to put liquid in, it will just flow out and you are wasting any thing more you try to put in. It just won't stay. In this way, look at the liquid in the cup as any preconceptions you may have to learning something. This includes any opinions, judgments, old habbits and ways of thinking and so on. If your mind is already set prior to starting or learning something new, you may think you know it all... or know enough. You may even think you can get by on what you know already.

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What is the Black Belt?

what is the Black Belt
A detailed look at exactly what is the Black Belt

The black Belt Origins

In order to know what Black Belt means, we have to understand the origins of the belting system. Most of what will be discussed is based on the Japanese disciplines, although many traditional and modern disciplines from various cultures use a similar progression designator.

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What is Chi?

What is Chi
This is THE definitive martial arts subject. Bigger than "Can Taebo be used for self defence?", more controversial than "Did Bruce Lee wear boxers or Y-fronts?" this article looks at the subject that gets keyboard warriors (and even some pretty experienced folk) everywhere jumping up and down, beating their fists into walls and challenging each other to fight for the honour of the Shaolin Temple. WHAT IS CHI?

First, I feel that I should make clear my personal opinion of what Chi is/isn’t – From my POV:

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The Death of Brandon Lee

Death of Brandon Lee
This article looks into the unfortunate death of Brandon Lee - not only a legend in his own right, but also the son of the most famous martial artist of all time, Bruce Lee.

Assassination or accident? That's the question many people ask when they think of the late Brandon Lee - and that's probably why your reading this article. To understand the truth.

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The Use and Control of Force Through Developed Qi

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Terry Shea looks at the philosophy of force and how important it is for any martial artist.

What is Force?

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Types of movement - The science behind the art

Science behind martial arts movements
This article brings a brief look at the different ways we are able to move in relation to martial arts.

A conversation recently got me to thinking about the different categories of movement and how we should understand them all. At least it got me to thinking that if I was going to expand on how to make it easier for people to learn martial arts we should start by understanding the different categories of movement. The rest will follow on from there.

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Gichin Funakoshi - Karate Master

Gichin Funakoshi
A Karate legend and Shotokan master, Gichin Funakoshi (船越 義珍 Funakoshi Gichin) was born Noverber 10th 1868, Shuri Okinawa, an island close to Japan. He passed away April 26th 1957 in Tokyo.

If you had to name one person as being the most influential figure for Karate in both Japan and the rest of the world, it has to be this man. This master (meijin) was born in Shuri, Okinawa, an island off Japan. Funakoshi introduced Karate to Japan, where it enjoys being the most popular Martial Art. Funakoshi’s nickname was ‘Shoto’ and hence his style was named Shotokan. More can be read about this on our Shotokan history page.

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Taller Shoe lifts in boxing

Shoe lifts and being taller
Can a height advantage really help in boxing? I had my doubts but was proven that it does. But what can a martial artist do to increase their height?

First off, not all martial arts require a height advantage. In fact, in many martial art styles you may be better off coming up against a taller opponent. Such styles where that would be the case are Judo and other martial arts where grappling is common and a low centre of gravity is required.

Despite this, in such styles as boxing a height advantage may be just the thing that allows you to gain an edge on your opponent. So why is this?

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Choreography Vs Freestyle

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What Training Method is Better. What Style offer the best for you?

Choreography versus Free-style Just recently, I was party to a conversation regarding the various merits of the different styles of Martial Arts. The man who was speaking had been studying grappling for possibly 2 years. His conversation was with another student with somewhat less experience.

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Most popular Martial Arts videos on YouTube

Most popular Martial Arts videos on YouTube
I have compiled a list of the 10 most popular martial arts videos on YouTube, based on the number of views that they have had (as of 1st January 2011). If you like martial arts and you have not seen these videos yet, you need to.. now! Nearly 80 million views between these 10 videos should be enough to entice you?

The list may be better titled: the good, the bad and the ugly! There are some great martial arts videos in this list, some that you will love, some that you will laugh at, and some that you will yawn at. You may wonder how on earth some of these videos attracted millions of views, but they did, which is the reason why there are here. Enjoy, and please take the time to leave a comment.

 

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Fighting The Form

Fighting The Form
A look at how to take a form, and dissect it to find it's hidden function

Fighting the Form

In my last article, I looked at different ways of practicing forms in order to train different skills and produce different effects. In this article, I want to look at how to apply the techniques that are demonstrated in the form to fighting.

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Trip Report - YMAA Chin Na - White Crane Seminar

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Trip Report - YMAA Chin Na - White Crane Seminar

Short version: If you ever have the chance to take a seminar with Nicholas Yang, do it. It’s an invaluable experience.

 

Long version: It’s three days after the Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling), and I am still sore from bouncing off the mats. I got in mid afternoon on Friday, tracked down the hotel (Google Maps wasn’t so helpful with this) and made my way over to the local community college where the seminar was being held.

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Book Review - Excursions In Iron Palm

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Book Review of Excursions In Iron Palm

Excursions In Iron Palm Written by Josh Walker

ISBN-10: 1456404938 ISBN-13: 978-145640493

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History: Grandmaster Lee Shing

Grandmaster Lee Shing
Grandmaster Lee Shing passed away in 1991 he was European and U.K President of the Yip Man Martial Arts Association and founder of the International Lee Shing Wing Chun Martial Arts Association. He was also a member of the Hong Kong Kowloon Chinese Medical Association and was a qualified Chinese doctor. These positions are testimony to a lifetime's dedication to Wing Chun and his impact on the development of Wing Chun in Europe has been very significant and yet it is a largely untold story.

Grandmaster Lee Shing was born in 1923 in Hoxan in Southern China. He first studied Gulao (Pien San) Wing Chun at an early age in mainland China under his first teacher Fong Yee Ming, who himself had learnt from Wong Wah Sam who had learnt from Leung Jan.

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Martial Arts training games

martial arts training games
Are you a martial arts instructor? This article is the first in a series of keeping Matrial Arts training exicting and fun through games that even the adults enjoy playing.

We have all too many times tried to get students in shape by running them up and down the floor, one hudred jumping jacks, sit ups and push ups to the point of throw ups. Running sucides to point were the student began to plot your death before you killed them. All the while complaining very quietly under their gasphing breaths, only hearing our reply if it doesn't kill you it will make you stronger, and one of my old but still in use favorites "those who are still breathing wins the fight". And that was just the warm ups.

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Book Review: Ball Tai Chi by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Tai Chi Ball Qigong For Health and Martial Arts Written by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and David Grantham ISBN-13: 978-1-59439-199-6 ISBN-10: 1-59439-199-8

If you don’t want to read my whole review, I will sum it up for you: This is a great book. The only flaw it has is that it greatly benefits from having the Tai Chi Ball Qigong DVD, to help explain some of the movements.

Ok, now on to the review itself. Tai Chi Ball Qigong (Henceforth referred to as The Book for the rest of this review) is a terrific addition for any martial artists library, regardless of what style they study. The book starts off with an overview of Qi Gong, going more in depth into some of the explanations than the previous book I reviewed, Yang Style Tai Chi.

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